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Food, Bodies & Liberation with Syd Yang

The College of Social Work (through the Social Justice Innovation Initiative) is pleased to host Food, Bodies & Liberation: An intersectional approach to healing toxic relationships with food for all bodies, facilitated by author Syd Yang.

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An adult survivor of bulimia, Yang is a mixed-race, queer / non-binary writer, healer, and intuitive counselor who has been creating one of these support spaces through their work at Blue Jaguar Healing Arts. Their most recent book – a memoir — Release: A Bulimia Story (creative non-fiction) shares the importance of bringing an intersectional, anti-oppression lens to eating disorder recovery. Their website is:

Yang will facilitate two workshops and a book reading (with discussion) in Knoxville and one workshop with book reading and discussion in Nashville.

The first Knoxville workshop is for LGBTQIA identified folks only and the second Knoxville workshop is for mental health practitioners and the larger community. These workshops will share energetic healing practices that help to shift and reweave these relationships in our bodies — rooting out the ways internalized sexism, racism and homophobia have created harm. This workshop is open to all bodies and all genders and will provide a confidential space to explore how our bodies navigate eating and food for survival, through energy healing, storytelling and guided meditation. Below are the details for the Knoxville workshops:

LGBTQIA Healing Workshop
Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 1pm-3pm
UTK Hodges Library (Google Map)
Mary Greer Room (Rm 258)

Mental Health Practitioners & Community Workshop
Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 4pm-6pm
UTK Hodges Library
Mary Greer Room (Rm 258)

Please Note: The Knoxville workshops are free, but registration is required because the workshops are capped at 20 participants so we can have an intimate setting and delve into the work. Register at: (link opens in a new window)

Free parking: at Terrace Ave garage G17 at 1825 Terrace Ave or 1800 Lake Ave

Yang will hold a book reading of Release: A Bulimia Story and discussion in Knoxville on February 10, 2020. This event is free and open to the public – no registration is required. Details:
Book Reading and Talk
Monday, February 10, 2020 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
UTK Hodges Library
Mary Greer Room (Rm 258)

In Nashville, Yang will hold a combination workshop and book reading on February 12. 2020. This is event is free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend. Details:
Workshop and Book Reading
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
College of Social Work Nashville Campus
193 Polk Ave., Suite E (Google map)
Room 292

Free parking available – please park in unmarked spaces or in those spacces marked “UT”.